World Popular Song Festival

Filmed Friday 17 November 1972
Location Budokan, Tokyo, Japan
Broadcast 18 November 1972, NHK, Japan
Released This clip has not been included on any officially released video or DVD
Benny, Björn, Agnetha & Anni-Frid performed "Santa Rosa" in the 3rd World Popular Song Festival with the theme "Clap Your Hands".

They apparently didn't make it to the finals of the competition. They performed in the preliminary round only on 17th November 1972 and did not make it to the final.  So it IS possible that they were NOT filmed for TV after all. But who knows?  The new picture below looks like it was taken from a TV broadcast so fingers crossed the clip does exist after all.

They did get a commemorative medal from the event however.

Their performance kicked off between 18.30 and 21:30. A second preliminary round took place on Saturday 18th November with the final on Sunday 19th November 1972 which was broadcast on NHK on 2nd December 1972 from 16:00-17:30.  Also, the competition was broadcast on radio (FEN) over the three days and on the radio (LF) on 19th November for the final.

The winning composer won 3,000 Dollars, a certificate of merit and a gold medallion
The winning singer won 500 Dollars, a certificate of merit and a gold medallion

Click here for more information (though mostly in Japanese)

According to NHK (TV company) rules, footage up until 1981 was re-used apart from for special programmes at the time, so they have no footage of this anymore.  (Clearly they didn't think ABBA was special enough).

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Lyrics Click on song title for the lyrics: Santa Rosa
Pictures Click on image for a larger view:

Related Links World Popular Song Festival, 1972

Thanks to Robin Andersson and extra special thanks to Jozsef, Yuri and Mayumi Taheri for lots of information.
Date information from Trijnie's ABBA Annual.  Super special thanks to Lynette Rawes and Rafaels and Stefan's ABBA Pictures for the picture.
Thanks to ABBATALK